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National Elective Chapter, Sri Lanka

The National Fraternity of Sri Lanka has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 2-4 October 2015 in Marielund. The new national minister is Dickson Weragoddagamage and Darshanie Alles was elected as international councillor.

National Elective Chapter of Brazil

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The National Fraternity of Brazil has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 21-23 August 2015 in Castanhal - Parã-Brasil. The national minister and the international councilor is Vandrlei Suelio Gomes.

Holy Mass for the opening  of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops - homily of his holiness pope Francis

Vatican Basilica
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4 October 2015


“If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12).
This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing: the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which begins with this Eucharistic celebration.
The readings centre on three themes: solitude, love between man and woman, and the family.

Capitulars in Great Britain, September 26th -27th

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New National Council of Cameroon and final profession

OFS National Council of Cameroon (Front line) From R to L; Genesis Ngwanbi ( Minister), Michel Yede (Vice Minister), Ngong Serophine (Formator), Lucy Djohou (Secretary) Guillaume Mbarga (Treasurer), Peter Che Ngwa ( international Councilor Substitute), François Tabi Akono ( Absent - International Councilor). With Some spiritual Assistants (hind line).

OFS Cameroon celebrating the final profession of Denise Youkep, Kumbo, September 26th

Prayer to the Holy Family


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in you we contemplate

the splendour of true love,

to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may families never again

experience violence, rejection and division:

may all who have been hurt or scandalized

ind ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may the approaching Synod of Bishops

make us once more mindful

of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,

and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

graciously hear our prayer.



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Message to the European Congress of the Secular Franciscan Order and the Youfra

The theme of the Congress of the Secular Franciscan Order and Youfra, “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received!” (Ephesians 4:1), calls to us in the midst of our thanksgiving during the Year of Consecrated Life. During 2015, the entire Church is contemplating its richness, granted by God through the great founders of the religious orders, like Saint Francis of Assisi, and through his Order. Your presence here is therefore precious as it provides a witness that the Franciscan way of life is not only a narrow pathway for those called to religious life, but also for those willing to follow the spirituality of St. Francis in the world, a spirituality characterized by prayer and loving fraternity. Like the Poverello, his followers continue to express their love of God and of people, and recognize the calling of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Therefore, I encourage you during these days to study and deepen your awareness of how St. Francis of Assisi experienced faith, love and prayer, and identify yourself with him and his spirituality. In this way, you will be able to recognize what is to be accomplished by simply imitating him, and what is to be reconsidered. This is the way in which you will be able to answer the call of the apostle: Live a life worthy of the calling you have received! (Eph. 4:1)

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).


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NAFRA-USA joining with Catholic Relief Services on their Catholics Confront Global Poverty Initiative

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Franciscans International is a non-governmental organisation that voices concerns at the United Nations, with and on behalf of the most vulnerable, about justice, poverty and the planet.

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